Thomas Manton (1620-1677) was born in Lawrence-Lydiat, Somerset, England to a religious family, where his father and both grandfathers were both ministers. When he was 15 he entered the Wadham College at the University of Oxford. At nineteen he was ordained by Bishop Joseph Hall of Exeter (later of Norwich).

He was called to the parish of Stoke Newington in Middlesex in the winter of 1644-1645, and began to build a reputation as a forthright and popular defender of Reformed principles. This led to his participation in several key events, such as the Westminster Assembly and confession publication, and his being asked to preach before Parliament on several occasions. While at Middlesex, he delivered and wrote his exposition on the Epistles of James and Jude, which are still being printed today. He was instrumental in the restoration of Charles II and became a Royal Chaplain, but in the Great Ejection he suffered along with other Puritans. He died October 18th, 1677 and his body was interred in the church at Stoke Newington.

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